Writing to Law Makers or Government Officials


Tips For Writing An Effective Letter

  • Keep it short. One typewritten page, two at most. Do not write on the back of a page. If writing longhand, make sure it is legible.
  • State your purpose in the first paragraph. Mention a bill, action or issue by name or by number.
  • Be clear and factual in stating your concerns. Stick to the subject.
  • Make it personal. How does the issue affect you? Your children? Your home? Your workplace? Is there a local issue that is related?
  • Ask for a response. Include your name and street address (even if you send email), because some offices reply only through the post office.

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Forms of Address


The Honorable [Insert name]
United States Senate
Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator [Insert name],

House of Representatives

The Honorable [Insert name]
United States House of Representatives
House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative [Insert name],


The Honorable [Insert name]
Governor of California
1st Floor State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor [Insert name],

State Assembly

The Honorable [Insert name]
California State Senate or Assembly
Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator or Assemblyman/woman [Insert name],


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last published: 3/21/18